Every once in a while when I have the flash light in my hand, I get tempted to put the lazar function on and trace it over the floor. It only takes a minute until Carl spots the light and begins to hunt it down. He usually gets very excited and will slip and slide all over the floor until the light is turned off.
What is it about the light that causes such a reaction from my dogs? And why does this light cause Carl to become so consumed that he is willing to do anything to get to it?
More importantly, what was it about the star that rose in the sky after the birth of Jesus that caused the wise men to leave their homes and travel thousands of miles to find the baby? For months, they traveled, gazing up at the star that was directing them towards Bethlehem.
It is interesting that they are referred to as wise. Dictionary.com defines the word “wise” as “having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.”
I am sure many didn’t see these men as wise as they packed their gifts and headed out into the desert in search for an unknown destination. Even so, every night when the shadows of the last light slipped behind the horizon, the star would appear even brighter than before.
As they drew closer to the Christ child, their excitement must have grown. And when they arrived in Jerusalem, people began to talk about them. They seemed so determined to locate this baby that King Herod called them into his chambers to find out more.
But being wise, they knew that this king only wanted ill will for this infant. So after leaving Jerusalem they determined not to go back to the king with the infant’s location.
Finally, after months of travel, they arrived at their destination. There was nothing about the house they entered that would indicate royalty. The parents were apparently very poor and the baby had no physical trait that would indicate that he would become a king over all humanity.
But none of that mattered. These men knew that they were in the presence of God. In reverence, they knelt in front of the baby and his mother and laid down their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
These men must have felt a satisfaction that can only come from being in the presence of God. Unlike them, Carl will never feel the satisfaction of catching the light that is so allusive.
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Thank you again, Cora. This was lovely…I love the way you write…God is definitely guiding you and giving you the words to write these devotions. God bless you, and I do pray that you and your family have a wonderful, blessed Christmas! Love, Kathleen
On Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 8:16 AM, The Adventures of Carl wrote:
> coradarrah posted: “Every once in a while when I have the flash light in > my hand, I get tempted to put the lazar function on and trace it over the > floor. It only takes a minute until Carl spots the light and begins to hunt > it down. He usually gets very excited and will slip ” >
Thank you for your kind words. I hope you also have a wonderful Christmas in your new home.
This was very intriguing to me because I’ve never really thought about the journey of the wisemen. I’ve never really thought about the fact that it took them months to get to their destination. I’ve never thought about the fact that they had to face Herod. This was a very informative and encouraging post. Thanks, Cora. Keep this good stuff coming!
Terri, thanks for the encouragement!! As you know as a blogger, we can wonder what our audience is thinking. I appreciate your blog as well and how real you are. It can be so easy to live on the surface of life and not expose our true hearts. Take care.